Reading: Matthew 26:6-13
When Jesus was anointed with nard at the house of Simon the Leper in Bethany, his disciples would have been with him 3 years—witnessing all the healing, the raising of the dead, multiplying loaves of bread and many other miracles. When He walked on the water and calmed the storm they realised they were in the presence of God, and so did Peter, James and John when they saw Him transfigured on the mountain. And now, a few days before He would be handed to the Gentiles, they were begrudging Him this expression of love from someone who just did what they themselves did not do for their Lord. Why?
The reason given (or pretence for coveting?) was that the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Yes, it was only a short time ago when Jesus told his disciples about the separation of the sheep from the goats in the last days, that what one did for the needy, they would have done for Him. But Jesus was still with them! Even Jesus allowed these very disciples to skip fasting (Mark 2:18-20) so that they would enjoy the fellowship of eating and drinking with Him!
This lived experience and realisation that they had been with the “I Am” Himself in physical manifestation, and being filled already with the same Holy Spirit that lived in Him, would later be their driving force in carrying out Jesus’ mandate to preach the gospel “into all the world”. The Apostle John, even in his captivity and old age would always revel in this wonderful and blessed memory, a joy overflowing that He wrote his gospel and several epistles about the Light of the world, so we could also share in that same fellowship—with them and with the Lord Jesus and the Father. With the same Holy Spirit living in us, we are assured that we are one in the Spirit—among brothers and sisters, and with God.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. – 1 John 1:1-4 (ESVUK)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! – Psalm 34:8 (ESVUK)